What are these Buff Orpington Chicks??

OhanaChicks

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Here are pic's of our 2 Buff Orpington chicks, they are 4 weeks old. They look so different, I'm curious what your opinions on them are since we have no previous chicken experience :) . Here's # 1, named CeeCee... And #2, named Puffy... #2's tail feathers are a lot longer and overall she (?) is a bigger chick. #1 has always been smaller, just started with the tail feathers, and her (?) coloring is a lot different. Thanks!!!
 

aoxa

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Here are pic's of our 2 Buff Orpington chicks, they are 4 weeks old. They look so different, I'm curious what your opinions on them are since we have no previous chicken experience :) . Here's # 1, named CeeCee... And #2, named Puffy... #2's tail feathers are a lot longer and overall she (?) is a bigger chick. #1 has always been smaller, just started with the tail feathers, and her (?) coloring is a lot different. Thanks!!!
I think the first one may be a roo. Pullets tend to feather in faster than cockerels. I have no idea why he is so much darker.. That's not any buff colour I've ever seen :/
 

OhanaChicks

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Thank you, I knew there was something different with that one :/ , the kids have now renamed him "Bob", lol. Unfortunately, if Bob is a rooster, he has to find a new home :( .
 

aoxa

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Buff Orpington Roos will be darker than the Buff Orpington Hens and he does look like a roo.

 
Buff Orpington roosters only get darker once they are older. At this age, they should be the same colour. Otherwise there would be a lot less questions regarding the sex of them.

Though I do believe it's a roo, I don't know why it is so dark. Buff Orp roos will get darker on their hackles/saddles before anywhere else. Just thought I'd mention that.
 

Red Barn Farms

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It almost looks like a cross. I've never seen a buff orpington with 'reddish' color. humm
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When any of my buff orpingtons began to feather the roos started coming darker than the females .

As baby chicks they are slightly darker than the females but not that much and it is almost hard to see unless you got a good eye.

But as soon as any feathers come out right away you can see the difference between male and female by week 4 and 5 .
 

OhanaChicks

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That one was always darker, even at a week old... When we got him/her, my husband asked the guy about it, but he can't remember what he said. :/ Time will tell I guess. I really hope it's not a rooster, but it seems he may well be...
 

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